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5th Annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge

By EW!DC / Published: 11/29/2011

The scorecards go in, and the smartphones come out.  For the participants of Everybody Wins! DC’s Annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge, the suspense of waiting to hear the correct answers was too much to bear.  After each round, phone screens glowed around the room as teams hurried to calculate their scores, breathing a sigh of relief for each correct answer.



On Tuesday, November 15, teams representing nine of the region's top law firms went head-to-head in five rounds of trivia led by DC Quizzomaster Neal Racioppo.  Questions ranged from the topical (“What three agencies does Rick Perry want to eliminate?”) to the obscure (“Which two state capitals rhyme?”).  The room grew more boisterous throughout the night as competitive juices flowed: by the final round, tables burst into clapping, cheering and high-fives for every hard-won point.



The fierce competition required several tiebreakers to determine the third-place finisher between Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Alston & Bird LLP. After the first tiebreaker resulted in yet another tie, Racioppo threatened to decide the third-place finisher with a “dance-off.”  Luckily, the situation did not become so dire.  A final question decided the round and Skadden’s team took the second-place spot – although several participants still chose to break into spontaneous post-trivia dancing with the Quizzomaster! 


With the final scores tallied, the first-place prize and coveted Litterae Magister (Master of Literacy) cup went to Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The team comprised: Lorrie Gault, LaNita De’Vore, Christine Baker, Justin Harris, Ansley Calhoun, and Jim Catlett (left to right, above picture)



This is the fifth annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge, hosted by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  While only one team can take home the trophy, there are thousands of winners from this trivia challenge:  In addition to sharpening the minds of our nation’s attorneys, the competition supports Everybody Wins! DC’s children’s literacy and mentoring programs in low-income schools throughout the area.  During the 2011-2012 school year EW!DC will serve more than 4,000 students through its three signature programs.



The following teams participated in the 2011 Trivia Challenge:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, White & Case LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Vedder Price P.C. , Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, Troutman Sanders LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Morrison & Foerster, Alston & Bird LLP.

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